According to various media reports, including ESPN and The State, South Carolina Gamecocks offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott is expected to be named the interim head coach of the team in place of the retiring Steve Spurrier. Other, earlier reports had G.A. Mangus, a former D3 head coach, as being named to the post, but Elliott has been selected to the post for the stretch run of the 2015 season despite having no prior head coaching experience.
Elliot joined the Gamecocks pogram in 2010 from Appalachian State. An offensive line coach at his alma mater from 2001-2009, he served as a defensive coach, then the tight ends coach, for the Mountaineers from 1997-2000. He started his tenure at South Carolina as the coordinator of the running game, then added co-offensive coordinator to his resume before 2012.
Elliott has brought in offensive line talent from both inside and outside the state of South Carolina. Four-star OL Zack Bailey (Summerville) claimed Elliott as his primary recruiter, along with four-star Latta product Donnell Stanley. Redshirt senior OL Brandon Shell was also recruited by Elliott to come to Columbia.
The Gamecocks currently stand at a record of 2-4, with their most recent loss coming against the LSU Tigers.